VOLUME 9 No. 16 | OCTOBER 23, 2019

Will the new federal government finally put a stop to tax havens?

On October 10, the APTS took part in an action organized by the anti-tax-haven collective Échec aux paradis fiscaux, with its spokesperson Vincent Graton, in front of the Canada Revenue Agency office in Montréal to draw attention to the issue of tax havens ahead of the federal election campaign. To rein in the more than $350 billion stashed away in tax havens, the collective is proposing concrete solutions such as limiting the use of voluntary disclosure and out-of-court settlements. Read the information sheet for details on our demands.

serivce d'animation spirituelle

Developments in spiritual care services

The spiritual care profession is going through a transition. Following studies carried out in 2008-2010, which led to a change in the job title of pastoral facilitator and the abolition of the pastoral mission, the MSSS mandated the CHU de Québec to revise its guidelines on the organization of spiritual care services. In an ongoing effort to ensure its members are heard and their opinions considered, the APTS contacted spiritual care workers from five regions to assess the current approach and to continue presenting its arguments to the team mandated by the MSSS. For more information, consult the information sheet.

Commission Laurent DPJ

Launch of the Laurent Commission

The special commission on children’s rights and youth protection, chaired by Régine Laurent, will begin its work on October 22. Two APTS members specialized in youth protection will be closely monitoring the commission’s work. Their dual mandate covering both the legal and clinical aspects attests to the importance of this commission for the APTS.

The APTS encourages any members who are interested in testifying to communicate with the commission’s representatives when the latter visit their area, and to contact their local executive.

For more information, see the press release published last Friday.

mauvaise gestion

Sanctioned for mishandling a case of harassment

Following accusations of trivializing psychological harassment, an employer had strict obligations imposed by an arbitrator:

  • to establish adaptable follow-up measures for cases of psychological harassment, including support for victims returning to work;
  • to set up training activities for managers, including physicians performing management and coordination duties;
  • to post the arbitration decision in an area accessible to all managers within 30 days of the decision and for a period of three months.

Despite an initial arbitrator’s ruling that the employee had been subjected to psychological harassment by a physician from the same directorate, the employer let that physician have an office near the employee’s, without first notifying her or considering her potential reaction. The two ran into each other on a regular basis, causing the employee’s health to deteriorate. A grievance was filed to denounce the employer’s behaviour.


RREGOP: improvements to the statement of participation

In October and November, Retraite Québec will be sending out an improved version of your statement of participation in the RREGOP pension plan, containing information updated to December 31, 2018.

In addition to offering a simplified visual presentation, the statement of participation also has two new features: personalized retirement benefits scenarios and a section presenting the number of days you can buy back.

For any questions regarding the new statement, contact Retraite Québec directly. If you notice inaccurate information on your statement of participation, please advise your employer immediately.



Check out the new articles in English in our online magazine, BlueAPTS. More will follow soon!